June 5, 2010
First Dick sees a sign advertising
We have to get our money's worth out of those expensive tickets, so we go into the toy museum, which looks like a collection of stuff from garage sales unimaginatively arranged. Two minutes later, we are out the exit and on our way across the street to the Wax Museum. It is more poorly illuminated than most haunted houses, and the figures are of similar quality and creepiness. The first diorama is Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (you can see them in their splendor due to Dick's camera flash), and the last one is The Last Supper. In between are a bunch of historic figures looking the worse for wear. We have to wait an interminable eight minutes to exit, because The Last Supper is accompanied by an eight minute show, and you have to wait for the show to be over to exit the Museum. We are the only ones in the group of people huddled by the door to the Theater to skip the show and go straight to the exit.
We spend just long enough in the Wax Museum Factory to learn that in fact the figures in the museum are made of Latex, not Wax. Doesn't
Let's just say that this multi-feature attraction is highly overpriced, and the tickets are highly over-bundled.
On the way back to the highway, we find a true treasure that makes this whole detour worthwhile—Foamhenge. Loyal readers may recall our fascination with roadside attractions inspired by
Mark Cline, the creator of this work of art, provides a curatorial sign contrasting Foamhenge with
No admission fee to see this man-made wonder. We admire Mark's handiwork, appreciate his sense of whimsy, take a few photos and are on our way once again.
We grab a quick lunch at Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant, a
The guided tour of
The Museum is owned by a private foundation, and it operates on a much smaller scale than the other Presidential Museums and Libraries we have visited. So, even though we probably spent more time studying the curation there than most visitors, we were left with many questions about
On a personal level, in the first two years of his Presidency, he experienced tremendous upheaval. He was inaugurated in 1913, and one of his daughters was married at the White House later that year, another married early in 1914. His beloved wife Ellen died in the summer of 1914, and he remarried in 1915.
As has been the case with all the Presidential Museums we have visited, we left with a greater appreciation for the challenges he faced and the decisions he made. He proposed, fought for and signed the Federal Reserve Act, and women were granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment ratified during his second term. He was a child in
To round out what turned out to be a very full day we took in a play at the